Jamaica int’l Lowe inks Tampa Bay Rowdies deal

Jamaica international Damion Lowe (pictured) joined the Tampa Bay Rowdies on January 16, 2017. (Photo: Mexsport)

PETERSBURG, Florida – The United Soccer League’s Tampa Bay Rowdies announced Monday that it has signed of Jamaica international Damion Lowe. No contract details were disclosed.

The 23-year-old had an outstanding 2016 season with North American Soccer League side Minnesota United FC, where he was on loan from Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders. Lowe featured in 27 games, starting in 25, as one of the Loons’ first-choice center backs.

“I am very happy to sign with the Tampa Bay Rowdies,” said Lowe. “I feel very fortunate to join this organization and I am happy to get this wonderful opportunity. This is a club with ambition who are doing all the right things to be a top team in the USL and I believe it is a wonderful environment to get good playing time and impress.”

Lowe made his senior international debut in Jamaica’s 4-2 win over host Guyana in a 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup match on October 11, 2016. He is the son of Onandi Lowe, who was capped 65 times by the Reggae Boyz from 1995 to 2004.

“My father is a role model and I look up to him a lot,” expressed Lowe, who was five-years-old when his father played as a sweeper in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. “He played as a striker and sweeper for Jamaica. For me, that shows versatility, so I am proud he is my dad. I did like playing midfield in high school, but there was an occasion where we were short a centre half and I slotted in there. Since then, that is where I have played since the mid 2000’s.”

Onandi Lowe also played in the USL from 1999-2001 with the Richmond Kickers and the Rochester Raging Rhinos.

“I believe the USL and NASL are wonderful leagues to develop young players,” the younger Lowe finished. “It gives them a lot of opportunities in terms of game time and also you are exposed to a professional environment. I am very confident that this decision to join Tampa Bay will be the right one.”